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AMA Citation Style: Government Publications

Citation Tips:

Citation Tips

 

How do I cite publications from the US Government Printing Office?

 

ANSWER:

If an author lists US Government Printing Office as the publisher, AMA prefers you to obtain the name of the issuing bureau, agency, or department, if possible.

Government Publications

Government/Agency Bulletin:

References to bulletins published by departments or agencies of a government should include the following information, in the order indicated:

  • name of author (if available)
  • title of bulletin
  • place of publication
  • name of issuing bureau, agency, department, or other governmental division
  • date of publication
  • page numbers (if available)
  • publication number (if available)
  • series number (if available)

Government Reports:

Tip: Government Reports are treated the same as an electronic journal and book reference.

  • Apply the same rules as journal style for articles and book style for monographs. 
  • Include the published and updated date (if available) as well as accessed date

Example:

WomensHealth.gov. Statistics: autoimmune diseases. Updated June 17, 2009. Accessed January 11, 2012. http://www.womenshealth.gov/statistics/statistics-by-topic/autoimmune-diseases.cfm

U.S. Government Accountability Office. Reported Status of Department of Defense's Enterprise Resource Planning Systems. GAO-12-565R. Published March 30, 2012. Accessed April 2, 2012. http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-565R

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